There are many different health effects associated with drinking alcohol that you should be aware of. Everyone knows drinking is bad for your liver. You don’t have to be a heavy drinker for a long time in order to experience the health effects of alcohol. Even drinking a small amount of alcohol can have big effects on your body:
1. Pancreatitis – Drinking alcohol can cause your pancreas to produce toxic substances. Pancreatitis is a serious problem, and the most common reason it happens is because of heavy alcohol use. When the pancreas is damaged, the body can become unable to utilize sugar because of the lack of insulin. This can lead to hyperglycemia.
2. Damage to the central nervous systems – Everyone knows that drinking alcohol can cause you to slur words, and it can throw your balance off. It can also damage your ability to think clearly as well as your ability to form memories. Over the long term, chronic alcoholism can lead to brain damage.
3. Cardiovascular issues – Even a single episode of drinking can sometimes cause trouble for your heart. If you are a chronic drinker, it is more likely that you will have cardiac issues.
4. Sexual and reproductive dysfunction – Excessive drinking can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and infertility for women. The risk of breast cancer also increases with drinking.
5. Immune system damage – Heavy drinkers are more likely to get sick because their immune systems are weakened, and those who drink have a harder time fighting off viruses and also illnesses.
There are many reasons why it’s better to avoid drinking altogether. These are just some of the reasons. That doesn’t even include all of the mental and emotional reasons not to drink.
Some people struggle with alcoholism and addiction. If you are one of those people, it’s imperative that you seek treatment. Rehabilitation at somewhere like The Recovery Village (http://www.therecoveryvillage.com) is a good idea. You also may want to try 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (http://www.aa.org). AA as a program has helped a large number of people to recover from their drinking problems.
If you are not an alcoholic, I highly encourage you to either stop drinking altogether or drink very moderately. It’s much healthier to limit your alcohol intake or stop it altogether.